Bridge Collapse: Search and rescue operations end in Genoa


The official death toll in the Genoa bridge collapse in Italy has now been placed at 43 after rescue officials found the last three bodies in the ruins on Saturday night.

The search operation came to a close on Saturday night as officials continue investigation on the cause of the collapse.

Nine people are still in hospital, four in a critical condition, officials in Genoa said.

Meanwhile, fire brigade officials continue to remain at the scene in order to have full certainty that nobody has been left under the rubble, an official said.

A 200-metre section of the Morandi bridge gave way in busy traffic on Tuesday, plunging vehicles and chunks of concrete with metal to the ground 50 meters (165 feet) below.

The viaduct was part of the A10 motorway linking the port city with the French border to the west and was managed by toll-road operator Autostrade per l’Italia, a unit of infrastructure group Atlantia (ATL.MI).

Autostrade pledged half a billion euros on Saturday to rebuild the bridge and set up funds to immediately assist the families of the victims and those displaced from their homes by the collapse.

On Friday, the government formally launched a procedure to revoke concessions held by Autostrade to operate toll highways.

A state funeral was also held for the victims.



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